Kaser Focus: Queen and country

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Rest in peace, Queen Elizabeth II of England. 96-years-old is a heckuva run. Just to provide some context, the Magnavox Odyssey got here out when she was 46 years outdated. She’d already been queen for 20 years. The whole business that props up each my skilled and private life was nonetheless in its pre-adolescence when Queen Elizabeth grew to become a grandmother. That timeline simply . . . boggles the thoughts.

I’m truly not within the workplace immediately, however I felt that the above little bit of trivia was price coming in for a Kaser Focus. Since I’m right here, I’ll let you know all what I’ve been as much as throughout my time without work. I performed a bit extra of Saints Row, and I’m actually not getting a style for it. The most important supporting forged, if not the Boss themself, are whiners. I did not heat as much as them as a result of it felt like all they did from the beginning was complain. And the potential for satire of the fashionable millennial/zoomer expertise is misplaced as a result of the writing rings inauthentic. It feels — and this may not appear harsh, nevertheless it’s a dying knell for a Saints Row recreation — just a little fundamental.

In phrases of reports, PlayStation and Xbox appear to be taking their spat over Call of Duty public. After Phil Spencer mentioned final week that Microsoft had gone out of its solution to maintain the collection out there to PlayStation avid gamers, now Jim Ryan is firing again. He says Microsoft’s precise provide was “inadequate on many levels” and forged some shade with, “I feel the need to set the record straight because Phil Spencer brought this into the public forum.” I’m curious to see how this resolves, if solely to listen to a bit extra back-and-forth between these two.

For these of you who don’t know this, I’m an enormous (if a embittered) Assassin’s Creed fan, so I’ll be round for the Ubisoft present tomorrow. I’ll be curious to see how a lot they present of Assassin’s Creed Mirage, the subsequent title within the collection. I’ll most likely dip into Splatoon 3 just a little bit, and possibly even that new Disney Dreamlight Valley recreation, if there’s time.

What to play this week

What’s new:

  • Splatoon 3
  • NBA 2K23
  • Disney Dreamlight Valley
  • Train Sim World 3
  • Steelrising
  • Shatterline
  • Gloomwood

New on subscription companies:

  • Opus Magnum (Xbox Game Pass)
  • Need for Speed Heat (PlayStation Plus Essential)
  • Granblue Fantasy: Versus (PlayStation Plus Essential)
  • Toem (PlayStation Plus Essential)
  • Realm Royale Reforged (GeForce Now)
  • Broken Pieces (GeForce Now)
  • Horizon Chase 2 (Apple Arcade)

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